Head-On Motorcycle Accident
Even skilled and experienced motorcyclists can be vulnerable to the driving errors of others on the road. Whether a motorist is driving recklessly and makes a quick judgment that endangers a biker or fails to see the motorcycle before it’s too late, motorcyclists often bear the brunt of motor vehicle accidents. In 2017, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle accident.
While collisions of any kind can be devastating to a motorcyclist, one particular deadly type of collision is the head-on motorcycle crash. The impact of a head-on accident, especially at a high rate of speed, can leave a biker with severe or even life-long injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on motorcycle accident, contact William Mattar law offices. Our motorcycle accident attorneys know the dangers bikers face every time they go out for a ride. When tragedy happens, our legal team is here to help you get your life back. Call (844) 444-4444 to get started on your motorcycle accident claim today.
Causes of Head-On Motorcycle Crashes
Head-on motorcycle crashes can occur when a passenger car turns into oncoming traffic or drifts across the center line, colliding with a motorcyclist. This type of crash can also happen if a vehicle goes the wrong way down a one-way street. At an intersection with multiple lanes of traffic—especially where vehicles are traveling in different directions—motorcyclists may be more at risk of a head-on collision.
A few common causes of head-on accidents include:
- Aggressive or reckless driving;
- Missing traffic signals or signs;
- Distracted driving (i.e. texting and driving);
- Driving under the influence;
- Poor visibility or an obstructed view;
- Driver fatigue;
- Road hazards (such as debris that cause drivers to swerve); and
- Loss of control when clearing a turn or curve.
Unfortunately, many different factors can contribute to a head-on motorcycle wreck that leaves a motorcyclist with serious injuries. If you are a biker who has been hurt by a vehicle that hit you head-on, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You may have limited time to file your claim.
What Can Happen in a Head-On Motorcycle Collision
The impact of a head-on collision can result in several dangerous situations that increase the risk of serious injury or death.
For example, a motorist who drives recklessly can collide with a motorcyclist, causing them to be thrown off the bike. When a motorcyclist is propelled off the bike, he or she may fall to the ground or crash into a vehicle or object. In this case, the motorcyclist may be hit by another vehicle or be at risk of being hit by their bike (if the motorcycle comes down on top of their body). Depending on the circumstances, a motorcyclist can also be run over by a vehicle after a head-on impact.
Head-On Motorcycle Accident Injuries
A head-on motorcycle accident can occur between a motorcycle and another motorcycle, passenger car, truck, SUV, tractor-trailer, and so on. The size of the other vehicle involved, and the speed both vehicles are traveling at the time of the crash, can affect the severity of the injuries sustained. These details can also make the difference between a crash victim surviving the impact or not.
Common types of head-on motorcycle crash injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Head trauma;
- Skull fractures;
- Broken bones;
- Craniofacial injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis;
- Neck injuries, such as whiplash;
- Internal organ damage; and
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Speak to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at William Mattar today who can assess your case.
Compensation for a Head-On Motorcycle Accident
Tragically, some head-on motorcycle crashes take lives. Those who have lost a loved one in a head-on motorcycle crash may be able to file a wrongful death claim for compensation. A wrongful death claim helps the deceased’s family members receive the financial support they need after a significant loss.
If you’ve been personally injured in a head-on collision due to another driver’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation. Damages for an accident injury can include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and lost future income, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and a diminished quality of life. Contact a William Mattar attorney today to learn more about your legal options for recovery.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Have you been injured in a head-on motorcycle crash that was not your fault? At William Mattar, we hold accountable those who cause injury to others on the road. We can fight for you to receive the financial compensation you deserve so you can focus on recovery. To schedule your first consultation—free-of-charge—submit our online consultation form, or contact us today at (844) 444-4444.